Shinto

Discover this Secret Love Shrine Located on a Secluded Island in Nagasaki!

There are many secret Shinto shrines in Japan that can be found in locations such as deep forests, hilltops, and remote islands. They can bring people closer to nature through worship. Nagasaki Prefecture is widely known as a great place to find magnificent shrines such as the Suwa Shrine, which attracts a lot of visitors.…

Go on a Thrilling Hike and Spot this Fantastic Cave Temple in Tottori Prefecture!

Out of all the important designated sites in Japan, Sanbutsu-ji Temple and Nageire-do Hall in Tottori can be termed the two of the most dangerous because of their locations on Mt. Mitoku. Said to have been built in the 8th century A.D., the temple, together with its cliff-hanging halls, is one of the oldest religious…

All You Need to Know About the Japanese Legendary Creature ‘Tengu’

The Japanese word “Tengu” comes from the two words, “tian” and “gou,” which translates to “heaven” and “dog,” respectively, thus the name “heavenly dog.” Found in old Japanese folktales, Tengu are considered as a type of god in the Shinto religion but are mostly only thought of as supernatural creatures. Let’s find out more about…

Why Do Japanese People Love Taking a Bath at Night Before Going to Bed?

Japan is a place where certain customs and rituals might seem unusual to a Westerner’s eye. One of these is the fact that many Japanese people love to take a bath at night before they sleep, rather than in the morning before they head outside. Have you ever wondered why? Public Bathing jp.fotolia.com/ As you…

Seeking Self-Discovery? Try Out Yamabushi-do Training in the Japanese Mountains!

Yamabushi are Japanese mountain people who believe in connecting with nature in order to gain inner power. These people usually make pilgrims to temples and shrines, pray and study hard, perform rituals and help villagers to understand their religion. As of this year, Megurun Inc. and Daishobo, a pilgrim lodge, are launching a mountain training…

Where Can You Find This Very Exclusive Shinto Shrine in Japan?

Usually, most places in Japan are open to everyone, irrespective of one’s nationality, religion, race, or gender. However, there are a few spots in Japan which you might think as strange if you are not that familiar with its history and culture. As a matter of fact, there is an island in Japan which is…

The Mythical Couple Who Gave Birth to Japan’s 800+ Shinto Deities

Approximately 90% of the Japanese population are followers of Shintoism (神道), Buddhism (仏教) or both. This can be attributed to the high regards paid by the Japanese towards their ethnic origins as well as the value they put on ancient traditions. Shintoism, in particular, has been popular both in traditional and pop culture thanks to…

Discover the Beauty of San’in, the Hidden Treasure of Japan!

Traveling to Japan is fun, but it can be easy to stay within the different cities connected by bullet trains as it is conveniently reasonable and less-time consuming. However, the best-kept secrets are usually situated far from the main cities, which means you need to get off trains and do some good old-fashioned exploring! One…

Top 5 Festivals in Tokyo to Visit in Spring

Spring in Japan is well-known for the full bloom of sakura (桜; cherry blossoms). If you are going to visit Tokyo for the cherry blossoms this spring, then you can’t miss some of these popular spring festivals. Festivals, or matsuri (祭り), in Japan are common events. Almost every shrine celebrates their own festival. In Tokyo,…
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